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As someone working to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare systems, you won't want to miss the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at the event.
- Sessions will be presented in the following topics: Process Improvement, Leadership and Change Management, Operations Research, Quality and Safety, Research, Human Factors, Potpourri, and Expert Panel Discussions.
- Keynote speakers who are experts in healthcare systems management: Kim Barnas, faculty at ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and Author of Beyond Heroes, A Lean Management System for Healthcare, and Dr. Chuck Webster, a ceaseless evangelist for process-aware technologies in healthcare.
- Four pre-conference workshops on clinical analytics programs, improving surgical performance, emotional intelligence, and time-driven activity-based costing.
- Student activities and competitions, including the graduate student paper competition, the YouTube Video Contest, and FlexSim simulation competition.
- Networking events, including the student reception, welcome reception, and Dutch treat dinners.
- Exhibits from top healthcare service providers and health systems academic programs.
Click here to register for the conference.
Congratulations! Please join us in congratulating these members for their continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. These members have been completed milestone years of service to the society in the month Recognizing the Power of Process Improvement and IT Collaboration
Jean Ann Larson receives 2014 SHS/HIMSS Award
Honored for her leadership in advancing process improvement and IT initiatives, Jean Ann Larson, EdD, MBA, BSIE, FACHE, FHIMSS, DSHS, CLSSBB received the 2014 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award.
The joint award honors individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology professions. In addition, the award recognizes individuals who have made contributions of a professional or technical nature, which may include research or development of improved processes (with or without technology), or exemplary contribution to the professional society. Read more.
In the past few years, health care organizations in the United States have spent tens of billions of dollars on IT. Much of this investment has been in response to the "meaningful use" section of the American Investment & Recovery Act of 2009 and provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which required health providers to invest in patients’ electronic health records and allow for electronic data reporting to the government.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that 1.3 million fewer patients were harmed in U.S. hospitals from 2010 to 2013 amid focused and widespread efforts to reduce surgical-site infections, adverse drug events and other preventable incidents.
Healthcare spending rose 3.6 percent, or $2.9 trillion, from 2012 to 2013, marking the lowest growth rate since the federal government began tracking healthcare expenditures in 1960.